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Back to School Event

July 27 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The first day of school can be an anxious time for any child. It’s especially tough for the kids who come from low income families and unstable households. The ones who’ve grown up destitute or even homeless. At the Mission, we see them every day at our Changing Lives Center for Women & Children. They’re full of potential, but circumstances beyond their control have held them back. They deserve our love and support. For kids like these, the first day of school can bring taunting, teasing, and trouble focusing on their studies. They can fall behind their classmates, simply because they lack access to school supplies so many of us take for granted. But through your support of Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Back-to-School event, you can offer children a better chance at a brighter future. Your support will provide Maricopa County kids with backpacks, clothing, school supplies . . . everything they need to succeed in the new school year! It’s heartbreaking to think of less fortunate children in our community starting school at a disadvantage because their families can’t afford adequate supplies.

You can help someone like Estelle, a grandmother of five children, ranging in age from 6 to 13. She works, but her paycheck just barely stretches to cover rent and food for the family. Estelle couldn’t stand the thought of her beloved grand kids showing up to school empty-handed on their first day. Like any parent or grandparent, she only wanted what’s best for the children in her care: “I want them to do well in school, and that’s hard if you think you don’t measure up,” she says. Though she came to the Mission with a look of desperation in her eyes, Estelle left with a cheerful smile. “All five of my grand babies got school uniforms in the right size and were able to pick a backpack,” she reports. “I went from worry to peace when I saw the number of people who cared.” It is through your support and love that families like Estelle's are prepared for the school year. Please give generously today to help more kids like Estelle’s get the clothing and supplies they need to succeed in school. Thank you in advance for your caring heart.

Thank you to our partners at Aetna Medicaid and Banner Aetna, who worked with the AZ Christian ERG to supply all of the 1200 backpacks we need for our event! Now we need YOUR help to fill them with new school supplies. Please consider filling durable backpacks with the following.

K-5th Grade

  • 2 boxes of pencils
  • 1 package of pens
  • 2 pink eraser
  • 1 box of crayons
  • 1 package of lined paper
  • 2 spiral notebooks
  • 1 package of dry erase markers 
  • 1 pencil box or pouch
  • 2 glue sticks
  • 3 folders with prongs

Optional Items (to be shared with the whole class)

  • Clorox wipes
  • Ziploc bags (gallon size & sandwich size)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Kleenex

6-8th Grade

  • 3 boxes of pencils
  • 1 pink eraser
  • 2 packages of lined paper 
  • 6 spiral notebooks
  • 1 thin dry erase marker
  • 1 glue stick
  • 8 pocket folders
  • 1 package of highlighters
  • 1 box of colored pencils
  • 1 1.5 inch binder
  • 3 black pens and 3 blue pens
  • 1 pencil sharpener

Optional Items (to be shared with the whole class)

  • Clorox wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Kleenex


If you would like to deliver backpacks and supplies, our warehouse is located at 3440 W. Lewis Ave., Phoenix 85009.  The hours of operation are 7:30am – 3:30pm, Monday – Friday. We can also arrange a pick up for you if you have a large amounts of supplies. Please schedule your transportation request two weeks prior to your pick-up date.

If you would like to get started with your own back to school drive contact Catie at chammann@phoenixrescuemission.org or (602) 346-3347 with any questions or concerns.


Thank you for partnering with us to help our students have a wonderful first day of school!





July 27
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Kuban Elementary School
3201 W Sherman St
Phoenix, AZ 85009